There’s a pocket pistol for everyone in the GDC Vault
For those still on the hunt for that perfect stocking stuffer, we posit to you a possible solution – a pocket pistol. A great way to ensure your loved one is safe (not to mention fitting in a stocking), pocket pistols boast an ultra-concealable style perfect for concealed or backup carry.
Check out the list below for the best pocket pistols the Guns.com Vault has to offer holiday shoppers.
The Beretta Bobcat 21a
This pocket pistol has a distinctive tip-up barrel
The Beretta 21A is widely recognized for a distinctive tip-up barrel which allows for loading a round with the slide closed. With original production beginning in 1984, the Beretta delivered an updated version by way of the stainless steel Inox variant in 2000.
Using a manual safety, half-cock safety and an inertia type firing pin, the Beretta Bobcat 21a adds that extra layer of safety some users prefer in a carry gun. Guns.com happens to have many different models available both new and used so you can select one tailored to your gun lover.
“Proudly made in Texas, by Texans,” Bond Arms brings us the first derringer on our list – the Bond Arms Cowboy. Founded in 1995, the company is renowned for quality derringers and is the preferred derringer of many Single Action Shooting Society members.
The Cowboy model listed on Guns.com would make a perfect addition to a SASS shooter’s arsenal as it shoots both .45 LC and .410 shells.
A great pocket carry gun comes with a built-in holster
Known for its small-framed firearms, North American Arms takes the cake with its mini-revolver series. Chambered in .22 Mag this little revolver is the ultimate concealed carry backup gun due to its innovative build, folding into its holster which also doubles as its grip.
The iconic FN M1905/1906 paved the way for the design of the Baby Browning
The FN M1905/1906 is a design credited to the late, great John Moses Browning. This gun was initially created as a vest-pocket carry gun, fitting into the period’s coat and vest everyday business look.
These firearms saw extensive action throughout Europe, even serving in World War II with the Belgian resistance. Production halted in 1959, most likely due to the success of the Baby Browning, the pocket pistol design which would follow the M1906.
The Colt M1908 had only very minor cosmetic changes from the FN M1906
If the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket looks eerily similar to the FN1906, there’s a good reason for that. Browning’s patents were used by both FN and Colt and resulted in a rare case of two companies successfully producing the same design.
Colt produced these little pocket pistols until 1948. With over 420,000 produced in a swath of finishes, you can find these in blued, color case hardened, and even a nickel finish with grips ranging from standard black Colt designs to more elaborate ivory and pearl styles.
Perhaps the most iconic pocket pistol ever produced, the Baby Browning was designed by famed Belgian firearms designer Dieudonné Saive and produced by FN. The Baby Browning stems from earlier designs that John Browning made after he released the revolutionary Model 1905.
The label “Baby” first made an appearance in 1931 with FN continuing production through the 1980s. These guns were a sensational success in the US until 1968 when importation ceased due to the Gun Control Act. Since then, these little guys have become quite the collectors’ item with value rising steadily each year.
The John Browning design is as iconic today as it was in 1903
Seeing a pattern with John Moses Browning? Well, buckle up for another one of Browning’s babies — the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. The model preferred by the likes of John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Bonnie Parker, these guns are small and concealable.
From WWII through the early 70s the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless was issued to U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force general officers. Some of the most notable recipients include General Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, and Patton.
In 1970 CZ released an update to their Vz. 50 which included minor cosmetic changes that could appeal to today’s concealed carrier. With a larger tang and a floor plate for the magazine, the CZ allows for a better grip on the gun.
CZ also revamped its magazine release, making it smaller. The grip pattern sports a more aggressive stippling with dimples instead of grooves. Get this Vz. 70 while the price is still good.
Smith & Wesson began production of the Model 61 after the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to fill a perceived void in the pocket pistol market. This .22 LR chambered semi-automatic pistol was designed to be carried in deep concealment or as a backup gun.
The pistol was only manufactured for three years from 1970 to 1973 with just over 60,000 produced. The faux wood grips scream the 1970s and with the limited-run, these little guys have become quite collectible. This model comes with the original case and box along with a 5-round magazine.
The Bauer Automatic keeps is affordable and classy with its plastic pearl grips
The Bauer Automatic may look familiar to you and that’s because this is an American made, nearly identical replica of the Baby Browning. Chambered in .25 ACP this little gun is considerably more affordable than a Baby Browning while packing the same punch.
This model includes the “plastic pearl” factory grips to give it that classy touch. This all American made gun was produced in Michigan during the late 70s and early 80s.